Cleaning and rebuilding a whalebone arch for Buscot Estate

This whalebone arch had been standing outside, exposed to the elements and weathering badly for many years. Additionaly it had suffered major structural damage recently. It was dismantled, cleaned gently, and impregnated with a 10% butyral polymer in isopropanol to provide protection from the elements. For the broken section a tenon and mortice joint was created with two steel pins and the sections re-joined.

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1: Consolidating the whalebone, 2: creating a mortice and tenon joint and, 3: joining the two repaired and consolidated halves, using two forklifts and some manhandling to get them to sit at the correct angle.

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